GALLANT GUILDFORD 2012

Not even a quagmire resulting from several days of so-called ‘showers’ could spoil the 2012 Guildford Rally and Model Engineering Exhibition. On the Sunday things were so bad that the grass car park remained closed. However, a goodly number of visitors including many families managed to find somewhere to leave their cars and enjoy the annual Guildford jamboree.

Understandably, some of the traction engines did not stay to the end, but there was still plenty to enjoy and admire at Stoke Park. There is something very British about enthusiasts stomping around in the mud, whether its a pop festival or a model engineering event. Your MEWS correspondent spent much of his visit in the marquee, chewing the cud and admiring what was on view. In this report, we include a small sample of what was new to us. We did enjoy seeing Anthony Mount’s latest Corliss engine as part of the display of his popular steam engines. We also liked Anthony’s designs reproduced in scaled-down form from drawings in Engineering in Miniature. These were by Anthony Boxell, and no castings were used - everything is fabricated. These little models are just great.

It was also good to see a model Theseus to the Edgar T Westbury design, with two smaller versions - from the SMEE collection. Plenty of SMEE members on hand to talk about just about everything, including the ageless Roy Darlington still busy in the workshop and now working on an eight-cylinder hot air engine after discussions with some internationally renowned engineers, including rocket scientists, who have encouraged him. Roy has started cutting metal for this unique engine.

Despite the weather, the railway tracks remained busy with some very fine locomotives in action.

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